Steffen Trekel counts among the leading mandolinists and mandolin pedagogues of our time. His teaching activity extends from early instrumental instruction to the more advanced education of students. He studied mandolin private with Detlef Tewes as well as with Professor Marga Wilden-Huesgen at the Academy of Music at Cologne, and is the prize winner in many national and international competitions. As a soloist, with diverse casts of chamber music, as well as with renowned orchestras, he travelled on numerous concert tours throughout Germany and many other countries worldwide.

With the guitarist Michael Tröster Steffen Trekel formed, over several years, one of the most recognized duos of this delicate chamber music arrangement. Together, they undertook several concert tours to, among others, Japan and South Korea. Frequent engagements with renowned opera houses (i.e. Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Bayrische Staatsoper) but also his work with well-known orchestras (i.e. Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, Ensemble Modern) reflect a further view of the scope of his artistic accomplishments. Many CD recordings with various partners and orchestras bear witness to his artistic standing.

Numerous invitations to participate in judging competitions attest to his high recognition in his field. For instance, he has judged at some of the most significant solo competitions for mandolin, amongst others in Japan and Russia. Steffen Trekel has been active as a university lecturer for mandolin and methodology at the Hamburger Konservatorium since 1995. He is as much sought after as a consultant at professional conferences and symposiums.

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Festival Concert • Friday, 09.25.2015
Master Class • Sunday, 09.27.2015